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The Healing and Transformative Power of the Arts to Build Bridges of Peace

The Healing and Transformative Power of the Arts to Build Bridges of Peace

by Patrick Devlin As children were being incinerated by Awesome American Ordinance during the sultry days of last summer – while Americans fired up their Kindles on their beach vacations and Palestinians became kindling as Gaza burned, a group of Hollywood artists penned a letter of support for the imperial actions of our favorite recipient of military aid, Israel, noting that their “commitment to peace and justice” compelled them to promise to fully support the savage ethnic cleansing frenzy that IDF forces were daily raining on UN compounds, hospitals and schools. The signatories of the children bombing support letter made […]

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A Thank/sgiving Day Appreciation

A Thank/sgiving Day Appreciation

by Patrick Devlin Thank you NSA, for deciding that I cannot have privacy…ever : your fascism is breathtaking. Thank you oligarchs, for decimating the middle class and ending class mobility forever : your greed is stultifying. Thank you industrial farmers, for killing the soil with chemicals : your destroying biodiversity is unceasing. Thank you media moguls, for neutering necessary news and for creating ‘infotainment’ : your selling out democracy is complete. Thank you Christian zealots, for excusing your bigotry by twisting theology : your interpretations justify child killing. Thank you Republicans, for mixing class war, imperial war & religious war […]

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War is a racket…would you like to buy some surplus military hardware?

War is a racket…would you like to buy some surplus military hardware?

by Patrick Devlin In Sonny Boy Williamson’s song called “Decoration Day” he sings that his deceased wife asked him before she passed to bring flowers to her grave on every Decoration Day. Already a holiday of remembrance for the nearly half a million Civil War dead when the song was recorded in Aurora, IL in 1938, Sonny Boy’s wife asks him that he pay respects to her while he is at the graveyard on Decoration Day honoring the memory of our fallen soldiers. The years tick by, the number of fallen ‘warriors’ (in today’s parlance) rises unabated and we stand […]

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verbatim 39.4

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A Holder of Political Ideology, not Justice

A Holder of Political Ideology, not Justice

by Patrick Devlin If you ask an attorney if torture is OK, if broad based warrantless wiretapping is allowed, if wealthy private corporations can be absolved of felonies just because they are wealthy corporations, if American citizens can be executed with a no charges leveled against them or trial – it really doesn’t matter what political party they are affiliated with – a member of the bar will generally agree that none of the above statements make sense, and in fact, these statements actually contravene our laws, our treaties and our constitution. But, if you are asking these questions of […]

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verbatim 39.3

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v2 09.06.14

v2 09.06.14

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verbatim 39.1

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v2 08.16.14

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Colbert Swallows the Hill-Pill

Colbert Swallows the Hill-Pill

by Patrick Devlin After a long day of anti-comedy at work I sat down determined to be info-tained by watching the comedy news. The Daily Show had ended but I consoled myself that I was not too late for the Clobert Report (better show, anyhow). I turned on the TV as Colbert was introducing the show and, not yet paying full attention – I thought I heard that his interview guest was going to be Hillary Clinton, and I said to myself, “shit, don’t really need that”. I did decide to stay for the pre-interview skits and turn the channel […]

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